Craving new grilling recipes? For a flavorful spin on warm-weather meals, think beyond standard steaks, burgers and veggies. Trying a versatile protein, such as pulled pork, will revitalize standby menus and add creativity to dinner.
Sandwiches may be the traditional way to serve up this favorite but, once prepared, pulled pork can be enjoyed throughout the week in grilled quesadillas, pastas and even savory pies. World champion pitmaster Chris Lilly’s Grilled Pork Pie puts a fun spin on a backyard classic, when paired with a creamy slaw.
To prepare pulled pork on the grill, follow these tips from the National Pork Board:
The best roast for preparing pulled pork is the flavorful shoulder, which is broken down into two parts, Boston Butt and Picnic Roast. Though both yield delicious pulled pork, uniformly shaped Boston Butt is more commonly used.
For tender pork, your best tools are patience and indirect heat. The ideal preparation calls for grilling at 285 degrees for 45 minutes per pound until tender.
When finished cooking, remove from heat and let sit, covered in foil, for 15 to 30 minutes. Shred meat with two forks, discarding remaining fat.
Grilled Pork Pie
Makes: 8 single-serving pies, prep time: 1 hour, cook time: 15 minutes
2 sticks butter
2½ cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup cold water
For soaking sauce
½ cup white vinegar
½ cup cola
½ cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon molasses
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon hot sauce
¾ pound chopped barbecued pork
Cut butter into ½ inch cubes; refrigerate. In small mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Add in cold butter until mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Slowly add water, mixing continuously, until a dough ball is formed. Seal dough ball in cling wrap; place in refrigerator overnight. Sprinkle countertop generously with flour. On floured area, roll out dough to a thickness of 1/8-inch. Cut dough into five-inch diameter circles. Immediately peel, lift and flip dough circles, making sure they don’t stick. Yield should be eight pie shells. In small saucepan, combine soaking sauce ingredients. Bring sauce to a light boil; reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and set aside. Preheat grill using Kingsford charcoal, until internal temperature reaches 400 degrees. Combine chopped pork and ½ cup of soaking sauce in medium bowl. Spread three tablespoons of sauced pork onto one-half of each dough circle, making sure outer edge of the shell is uncovered. Lightly moisten edges of dough with water. Fold dough in half creating a half-moon with filling. Gently press pie edges together and crimp with a fork. Prep the charcoal grill grate with a grill brush and a light coat of oil. Transfer pies to the grill and cook at 400 degrees over direct heat for two to three minutes on each side, or until dough turns a crispy golden brown. Remove from grill and serve with remaining soaking sauce and coleslaw.
Recipe created by world champion pitmaster Chris Lilly on behalf of Kingsford charcoal. For more, visit Grilling.com.